Today, I’m going to talk about a topic that is for sure going to stir up a debate and I’m probably going to get some hate mail.
The topic is animal protein vs. plant-based protein. I get this questions very often from the women with whom I consult. “Really, I can have red meat? I thought that was bad for you?” Or “Really? I read this book and it said plant based diets were way better for fertility so I stopped eating animal protein.”
We can have debate on ethics some other time, but if you’re trying to get pregnant and you’re asking for my advice, I’m going to be honest with you and tell you like it is because this is my area of expertise.
When it comes to hormone balance, and especially trying to get pregnant, animal proteins provide the most complete source of amino acids which are the building blocks for hormones, and plant proteins do not.
Let’s dive in to take a deeper look.
Today, I actually want to revisit an old topic that we’ve talked about a lot this past year. And that is gut health.
I want to revisit gut health because since episode 3 aired, the responses and questions have been overwhelming because it’s a new way of looking at nutrition, and how specifically it affects fertility.
In the US, salads are the go to "health" foods. And most people grew up drinking milk. So cutting out dairy and ditching the smoothies and salads for most people, presents a huge lifestyle change.
Through working with clients and talking to women in our private Facebook group, I see three main obstacles that people are encountering when they make this shift to no raw foods and no dairy.
So let's dive in and talk about how to overcome these obstacles.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Podcast episodes mentioned:
Episode 3 - Why Gut Health is So Important for Fertility
What if you’ve never had a natural cycle for almost 10 years? What if you were bouncing around from doctor to doctor looking for answers and the best advice they can give is to take medicine?
This is the incredible story of Susie who was diagnosed with hypothalamic amenorrhea and PCOS. She went from feeling hopeless to getting pregnant.
You’ll hear from her talk about:
I hope Susie’s story will leave you feeling a bit more inspired, a bit more hopeful knowing that you too can overcome your obstacles because there is no such thing as infertility.
Susie mentioned working with me 1-on-1, but you also have the option to join the Practically Fertile Club, a membership site where you can get courses, workshops advice and support to help you get pregnant.
I’m looking for Founding Members now and Founding Members enjoy a lifetime rate that never changes no matter what. To get on my waitlist please visit adriennewei.com/memberswaitlist.
Today is special for two reasons.
First, it’s the one year anniversary for when I launched the podcast. One year, can’t believe it. My podcast has been downloaded 7374 times this last month. Compared to the very first month last year, I had 149 downloads. That’s so awesome!
I am so thankful for all of you who are sharing this podcast and spreading the word for me. I so appreciate it. Without you, my podcast would not be where it is today. And of course, we’re going to just keep growing, keep spreading the word and helping women everywhere to get pregnant with less stress and less anxiety.
The second reason is that the Practically Fertile™ program that I've been working so hard on this past year is launching today. Yes, yes, today is the day! This labor of love that I’ve been working on, tweaking, fine tuning, beta testing is finally ready.
So today, I want to talk about the Practically Fertile™ program, why it’s awesome, and also my 1 on 1 coaching program. Because many of you are not sure where to spend your hard earned dollars to get maximum results in the shortest amount of time.
Isn’t that what we all want? Quicker results in less time? HAHA :)
So let's dive in!
I always talk about how Chinese medicine is really different than Western medicine. Because one medical system looks for the root cause of diseases and the other is about putting out fire and treating the symptom. But yet, these two medical systems have a lot of similarities.
I mentioned last week that I really want to break down the information into bite sized pieces so it’s easier to understand and grasp the concepts. Especially when it comes to Chinese medicine.
To many of you it’s a fairly new way of looking at the human body. In today’s episode, I’m going to start with the very, very basic and talk about the core principle of Chinese medicine and its approach to wellness, which is to always strive for balance.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Hello and welcome to season 4! Can't believe that it's almost been a year since I launched this podcast.
This episode is a preview episode. I just had so much to update you on that there's no way to squeeze in more content.
So, I'm going to be talking about what to expect in this upcoming season. I'm doing things a bit differently so that I can provide more value, and help you get to your goal.
I'll be back next week with Episode 1. I'm so excited!
Ahhhhh, yes, the Two-Week-Wait, or 2WW...
The Two-Week-Wait is the time between ovulation and when you test for pregnancy.
You’ve done everything you could up until this point.
You tracked ovulation and you did the baby dance and now….you wait.
You find yourself “symptom checking.”
Ohhhh, is that an implantation cramp?
Do I feel slight nausea?
Did my boobs get bigger?
You also can’t help it but hop onto fertility blogs and forums to see if anyone else out there is feeling the same way.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
The two weeks wait feels like an eternity, it feels like two years instead of two weeks. This anguish and anxiety comes from the unknown and the fact that you’ve done everything you could up to this point, and there’s little you can do now except just waiting and waiting.
Many people will tell you don’t stress...yeah right. That’s the worst advice ever. It’s important for you to understand that you’re not a crazy person, you’re not over-analyzing, what you’re feeling is completely normal. So why fight it? Telling yourself not to think about it is going to cause more anxiety and stress.
I’ve been through thousands of 2WWs with patients and clients.
While what’s done is done and you can’t change your egg quality at this time, there are things you can do to ease the anxiety and stay positive during this time.
But in this episode, I want to share with you my best tips on how to boost your chances of implantation while maintaining your sanity and staying positive.
I received a personal message yesterday after a long day at work. And it’s my favorite type of message - a pregnancy success story.
One of my listeners wanted to let me know that she has been following me for a few months and she incorporated my diet advice as part her daily routine. She is now pregnant and planning her gender reveal party.
It was so amazing to receive this message. First, she took the time out of her day to write me a note, and secondly, I’m so happy that I was able to make a difference on her journey.
For many of you, hearing about success stories is a double edged sword. It can certain give you a ray of hope, that “if she can do it, I can too.” But it can also cause the comparison blues
“Why is it so easy for her, but not me?”
Sure the FOMO Syndrome might be partly to blame here. We see Facebook and Instagram posts of cute pregnancy selfies, baby bump pictures and baby nursery decor. It’s hard not to feel like we’re missing out on all of those things.
But today, I want to actually address your burning questions “why her, not me.” Yes, there is a very real explanation why it maybe easy for some but others to get pregnant. At the end of this episode, you’re going to feel a whole lot better because you can actually do something about it.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Season 3 Episode 9: How to Avoid FOMO and Be Happier
If you’ve been listening to my podcast for a while, you most likely have heard the period series where I talked about how to know if your cycle is fertile. And one of the ways to gauge whether or not your cycle is fertile is the pain level of your period.
In a nutshell, if your period is super painful that means the energy and the blood are both really stuck. And when that happens, the uterus is not an ideal environment for implantation.
Today, I’ve asked Jocey from the office to come on the show. You’ve all heard me singing her praises because she is amazing.
We’re going to talk about painful periods. You know that Time-of-the-Month that you dread, not just because it means a big fat negative, but for a lot of you it means excruciating pain, you end up having to take a lot of pain killers, and sometimes it affects your quality of life, you have to cancel events, and call out from work.
Jocey has suffered from painful periods her whole life, and she has cracked the code to pain-free periods. She is going to go over her exact monthly routine and what she does to prepare her body to make sure the blood is flowing smoothly.
What Jocey is going to share is not just for painful periods though. Remember how all the energetics in your body are all connected, so by working on one you’re working on others. When one improves, they all improve. What you’re about to learn is not only going to help reduce the pain level of the period, it’s going to make the entire cycle more fertile overall.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Season 1 Episode 6 - Period Talks, Part I
Season 1 Episode 9 - Period Talks, Part 2
Season 1 Episode 13 - Period Talks, Part 3
Today’s episode is going to be on FOMO, have you ever heard of that word? FOMO, fear of missing out. That grass is always greener feeling, and there’s always something better out there.
Have you ever had this uneasy and anxious feeling that everyone else’s life is better than yours? Are you the type of read at least 10 reviews before buying a toaster just to make sure that there’s nothing better than this one toaster you’re thinking about getting?
Or how about this, you’ve heard about this big party, and you’re not really sure if you want to go but at the same time you’re thinking well what it’s super fun, you don’t want to miss out, but you really would rather stay home and watch a movie.
FOMO actually made it into the Oxford dictionary in 2013, and by definition it mean the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you’re missing out – that your peers are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you.
Suffering from FOMO has real consequences. My goal for this episode is to open up the dialogue and conversation about FOMO because I feel like most of us who suffer from FOMO don't realize that it's alive and well.
So we're going to talk about how to avoid FOMO so we can all make better decisions and feel good about those decisions.
I’m sure never in a million years would you have thought that in your late twenties and early thirties that you would be battling acne again. You’re excited to put that awkward teenage years behind you, but the acne just keep following you around. It’s so frustrating that no matter what type of face wash, moisturizer that you use, and zit zapper like salicylic acid, these annoying pimples always pop up especially in the week or two before your period and they don’t go away until after your period is finished.
You’ve probably heard that it’s normal to have acne before period, it’s because of the hormones are acting. But which hormones are acting up and why are they acting up, and what can you do about it? These are all the questions we’re going to talk about in this episode.
We're going to talk about:
And you're also going to get a really cool freebie which is a recipe for a homemade acne face serum and an acne face toner. To download your freebie, please visit www.adriennewei.com/podcast.
Let's jump in!
In Chinese medicine we talk about energy flow and how important it is for your energy to flow properly. If it gets stuck, you’ll have problems. But what about the energy flow of your environment?
What if you’re living in a super cluttered space, what if you’re working with a toxic person every day? Have you ever wondered why some plants keep dying in certain places, why you walk into a room and the air just seems stuffy?
You’re not crazy, it’s not in your head. It’s all about Feng Shui.
If you have heard of feng shui before you kinda know a little bit about what I’m talking about. You might start thinking arrange furniture a certain way, placing good luck charm in certain place, and using certain colors to bring in good energy and good luck. If this is the first time you’ve heard the words feng shui, you are not alone.
Feng shui is an art and science. It’s more than just energy placement, it’s about creating a harmonious environment where your health, your relationship, your finances will all flourish.
I want to properly introduce our guest for today’s episode. Her name is Kelly Jones. She is a Feng Shui expert, healer, author and speaker. Kelly is going to debunk some myths around Feng Shui and then give you some action items so that you can harmonize the energy around you to boost your fertility.
If you are interested in Kelly's consultations, please visit her website: www.kellysjones.net
And you can also call Kelly directly at 919-200-8686
I’m so excited, let’s dive into the interview.
It's no secret that one of my favorite subjects to talk about is acupuncture.
In this episode, I talk about how to know if acupuncture is right for you and how find an acupuncturist. What are some of the questions you have to ask to see if that person is a right fit for you, what qualifications do you look for. As much as I love my profession, I don’t believe all acupuncturists are created equal and I want to help you to find the right person so that you have an amazing experience.
As always, I appreciate you tuning in! Let's roll!
In this episode, we’re going to talk about how to know if you’re ready for medical intervention.
I love the fact that reproductive medicine has advanced so much now because 30 years ago, IVF wasn’t even an option. And now many women are able to get pregnant and become mothers because of it.
But I think because IUI or IVF is a readily available option, many people are jumping into these procedures pre-maturely, at least in my opinion.
I totally get it, it’s so disheartening to get that big fat negative every single month, and when everyone around you is getting pregnant except you, of course if there’s an easier way, why not?
But today I want to specifically talk to you about why even if you’re considering IUI, IVF you need to make sure that your body is ready because guess what, IVF is only a 46% success rate.
I’m going to talk about the steps you need to take before you even think about IUI or IVF. And for some of you who are on the fence about IUI or IVF, this episode is going to also help you make the decision.
To download the freebie checklist for this episode, please visit www.adriennewei.com/podcast
Welcome to episode 4!
So I'm back from D.C. and had an amazing time! Many of you wonder if and how I stay on track with my diet and lifestyle while on vacation. Vacations for some people is a time to relax, let loose and "cheat" on their diets. My husband certainly does this. As he is eating a chocolate cake he'll say "it's vacation."
I've often wondered why people think that vacation is a green light to be unhealthy.
I think it's the principle of "everything in moderation is ok." I used to be a fan of this, but now I'm finding that I'm wrong, and moderation may be preventing us from achieving our goals.
To find out why, let's jump in!
Welcome to Season 3 Episode 3, The first of the supplement series.
Many of you have questions about supplements and what you really should be taking because surely there's something you're lacking that you didn't know about.
My personal belief on supplements is that we're all over-supplementing. We have this mentality that we can supplement our way out of a bad diet. Why eat veggies when you can take a multi-vitamin?
In today's episode, we explore a list of common vitamins and talk about each one, and whether it's optional or for everyone. My goal is to help you get away from this idea that you need to supplement. The truth is, if you eat a proper diet, you don't need a ton of supplements.
To get your hands on today's freebie which is a cheat sheet with all the supplements we talked about today, please visit www.adriennewei.com/podcast to download.
I'm excited about today's episode, let's roll.
I have a great episode planned for you today
I have personally struggled with this and I hear from so many of you that meal planning is a struggle, even if you know exactly what you need to eating. When you sit down to meal plan, your brain turns to mush.
Or you have the best intentions to stay on track but you’re tired and exhausted by the time you get home that you go for the easy stuff, order take out, or just throw something from a bag on the stove.
If you’re nodding your head "yes" right now, today’s episode is for you.
Today, my guest Melanie Ash is a fitness and nutrition expert. She is the owner of Melanie Ash Fitness, an in-person and online personal training, fitness and nutrition consulting.
Melanie’s course Making It Stick is a step by step guide on how to meal plan for success no matter which type of diet plan you’re currently on.
When I heard about Melanie, I knew I had to get her on here. Melanie is going to share her best tips on how to meal plan so that you finally plan your meals at home without any anxiety or stress.
Melanie is also super generous, she has two gifts for us.
First, she has compiled all of her best tips that she just talked about into a cheatsheet for you. To get your hands on the cheatsheet, visit adrienenwei.com/podcast.
Also, to take advantage of her 30% offer on her course, visit melanieashfitness.com/easymealplanning
Can I just tell you how excited I am to launch Season 3!
I'm sooo close to finishing up my online course. But in the meantime, you can get on the waitlist so when it's finally ready you'll be the first to know. To signup just go to my website www.adriennewei.com
I've decided to go off-the-cuff in this episode. I typically script my episode a bit but that's due to my insecurities about public speaking. I know what I want to say but the words just don't come out. This season I'm not going to script and to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone.
If you're not a member of our private facebook group yet, come on in! Just search for How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant and ask to join.
Now, let's jump right in to today's episode.
So, you have this life plan that you’ve mapped out that by a certain age, you’ll be married and have two kids, a dog, and a cat, maybe a hamster. You then meet the right guy and you thought your plan would start to unfold like it should. When that doesn’t happen, you realize that it wasn’t as easy as you thought it was going to be.
After years of searching for answers, you are handed a diagnosis of infertility. Your whole world is now turned upside down, your plan seems impossible to execute. Where do you go from here? What will happen if you try everything and pregnancy is still impossible? Who would you then become? Would you still be you? Would you feel like a failure? These are all the little voices inside of you that are nagging you constantly.
I want you to meet Shannon Wooten, my guest for today’s show. Shannon is an author, speaker and life coach. Her passion is to help women struggling to conceive to shift their mindset and find their self-value amidst a diagnosis such as infertility that makes you question who you are, what value you bring to the world now that you’ve been diagnosed with infertility, and how you can go on living in a reality that is not what you thought it would be.
Now, full disclosure I’ve known Shannon for quite some time. She is a patient of mine at Inner Peace Acupuncture. Through helping her on her journey, we’ve become close friends and business mastermind buddies. She is definitely a success story, but not in the way most of you think of success.
Just to warn you ahead of time, Shannon doesn’t hold anything back, she tells it like it is so there maybe some words that are inappropriate for young children, so I suggest that if you like to listen to my podcast in the car, please either put ear muff on your little ones or listen to it with your headphones plugged in.
And also I want to make it very clear that Shannon is not telling you to stop trying, nor is she saying that you don’t need a baby to be happy. On the contrary she is saying try your hearts out, but just don’t lose yourself in the process because you deserve to be happy, you are not defined by your diagnosis.
I’ve been tossing around the idea of offering a 1-on-1 fertility planning session for a while now. At first, I wasn’t sure how it would work, whether people would find value in it, and what if someone was already working with an acupuncturist or another alternative medicine doctor. But after a round of beta-testing with a few people, I think it’s going to work. Here is what it looks like:
So if you’re tired of being on the hamster wheels and feeling like you’re not making progress on your journey, let me help you get clarity on exactly what you need to do to get pregnant. If you’re interested, please send me an email and I’ll give you all the details. You can email me at email@example.com
In today's episode, I want to pull back the curtain and be totally transparent with you and give you a backstage pass into my world and what I’m doing to manage my PCOS. I’m going to share with you the lesson I’ve learned along the way from the past 15 years. And also I’m going to talk about what my diet looks like, how much I exercise, and my self-care routine and stress management routine.
This episode is not specifically for those who have PCOS, it’s for everyone. I’m just going to be using myself as an example, a case study whatever you want to call it, and give you ideas on the 3 areas where most people struggle and where you might be too.
Thank you for listening!
Be sure to join our private facebook community with the same name: How to Get Health and Get Pregnant. To join, search for us on Facebook and send us a request.
I love my job dearly and I've helped hundreds of women conceive. But inevitably, there are times of losses too.
Today, I'm going to be talking about one of the scariest topics when it comes to TTC. It's one of the biggest fears a woman will have and that is miscarriage. To try so hard to achieve success, only to lose it is an incredibly painful process to deal with. Physically and emotionally.
I get a ton of questions about what to do after a miscarriage, how to prevent a future one, and how to move on all the time. I've decided to pick three of the most commonly asked questions on this topic and dive into detail about each one.
The three questions I'm going to cover are:
1. What causes a miscarriage (there are actually three types of miscarriages)
2. How to prevent a miscarriage
3. When to start trying again
There's no easy way to recover from a miscarriage, but with each day it gets easier. I hope the information in this episode will help you along the way, and provide comfort for you in knowing that you were a mother no matter how short the duration.
So often, we make up stories for ourselves because we all hate to fail and hate to be disappointed. But the stories trap us and prevents us from taking action.
In today's episode (a shorter one than usual,) I talk about the one question you should be asking yourself when you feel defeated and unmotivated, and finding yourself derailed. This question is something that people don't think about but it's exactly this questions that's going to set you up for success when times get tough.
Many women are devastated with the diagnosis of high FSH and/or Low ovarian reserve. They panic and assume that means they're out of eggs. That's not true.
In this episode, I talk about what this diagnosis means from a Western medicine perspective. The I give you three tips on how to improve your chances of getting pregnant and maximize each cycle.
Every Friday in our private Facebook community How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant, I host a live Q&A session. It's my favorite event and I look forward to it all week.
I love how I get to help answer burning questions about fertility and point people in the right direction when they're stuck. The discussions we have in the group are really, really good. So I thought, I should share some of them with you so that you can at least get some of the valuable information and tips that are shared.
So for today's episode, I've hand-picked five of my favorite questions from the two months of Facebook Live sessions. For those of you who are already part of the community, this maybe a refresher for you, or this maybe new information for you if you didn't get a chance to catch me Live.
I hope you enjoy the show!
Endometriosis is one of the hardest conditions to diagnose because 40-50% of women don't have any symptoms. It's only after years and years of trying with no success that a doctor would suspect endometriosis.
If you've been diagnosed with endometriosis, sometime it can be a relief to know why you've been struggling but it can also make you feel a bit hopeless because the options seem limited.
In this episode, I give you a bit of technical background on endometriosis and why it affects your chances of becoming pregnant. And as always I give you actionable tips to help you get started.
I talk about diet considerations for this condition, a castor oil pack, and also a super useful supplement that you should be taking.
To download today's freebie, please visit adriennewei.com/podcast-2
Thanks for tuning in! Have a great week.